North Hamilton Community Health Centre
NORTH HAMILTON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
This 28,000 square foot community based health care centre offers primary care and related services to the North End community of Hamilton. The centre’s program is based on four main function groups: primary care clinic, rehabilitation and chiropody, health promotion, and immigrant and refugee programs. The physical parameters of the site combined with the functional program requirements result in an efficient two story building design built to stand proudly within the City’s community. Consideration for the urban context, along with the extensive consultation with a large stakeholder group, played a critical role in the design process.
Being the most energy efficient community health centre in Ontario, and one of the most efficient buildings in Hamilton, the Centre has an energy savings of over 45%.
Key features include: passive cooling through natural ventilation within the atrium space, passive solar management through building form and tectonics, significant water conservation measures, as well as enhancing indoor air quality through careful selection of interior fittings and finishes.
The building is able to obtain such high energy efficiency in several ways. An HRV unit reuses heat exhaust to preheat incoming air, along high level insulation and high performance fiberglass windows orientated to harness natural light decrease the energy demand of the centre. Occupancy and daylight sensors also control light usage through the building as well as there being zero CFCs (chloroflurocarbons), an ozone depleting gas. The Green roof entails vegetation viewable by the second floor with a high degree of sun reflectance due to 85% being built with a light coloured membrane. Photovoltaic solar panels may be installed on the roof in the future thanks to the provisions currently made.
Address: Hamilton, ON
Client: Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Architect: Parkin Architects in association with McCallumSather
Value: $12 M